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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

An Undergraduate Supper with
Princeton Physicist
William Bialek

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5-6:30 p.m.
Harlos House (1331 E. Tenth St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below.

IU Alumna Libby Baney Princeton University theoretical physicist William Bialek has worked throughout his career to understand how physical principles underlie the performance of biological systems, an understanding that requires an integrated view across multiple levels of biological organization, from individual molecules, to cells and cellular circuits, to central processing within the brain. He has worked closely with experimentalists and theorists from physics, psychology, biology, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics; and his ideas have had an impact in several distinct areas within the life sciences, including neuroscience, animal behavior, and cell and developmental biology. He has also been instrumental in developing an innovative curriculum for science majors at Princeton.

His work has appeared in leading science journals such as Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, his books include Spikes: Exploring the Neural Code and Biophysics: Searching for Principles. His many awards include the Phi Beta Kappa Award for excellence in teaching and the Presidential Young Investigator award by the National Science Foundation. He holds the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle physics professorship at Princeton and is a member of the multidisciplinary Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this undergraduate event, please check your schedule to make sure you are available for the entire event and e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Bialek" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) or study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. The supper is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.

William Bialek will also be speaking on campus during the week of October 28 as part of the Patten Lecture series:

-"The Galilean Imperative: A Physicist's Search for Understanding 1—What Have We Learned, and How Should We Teach?"
Monday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall

-"The Galilean Imperative: A Physicist's Search for Understanding 2—Toward the Physics of Life Itself"
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall

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